A Sandwich A Day: Chorizo Torta at Xoco in Chicago

A Sandwich a Day

Reviews of Chicago sandwiches.

In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.


[Photo: Carey Jones]

There are breakfast sandwiches born of convenience, and then there are breakfast sandwiches that are worth getting up early for. It shouldn't surprise anyone who's eaten at Rick Bayless's Xoco that the Chorizo-Egg Torta ($7.50) is one of the latter. Soft scrambled eggs, ripe, buttery avocado, and two kinds of cheese (totally melted jack and salty, crumbly queso fresco) form the sandwich's creamy core. But they're all just there to highlight the mind-blowing chorizo, commingling with roasted poblanos, falling apart into a soft stew of cinnamon and vinegar-laced meat so good that I'm tempted to pull apart the sandwich and just eat it with a spoon. This sandwich is only served until 10am, but latecomers, fear not; an egg-less chorizo torta appears on the lunch menu, too.


449 North Clark Street, Chicago IL 60654 (map) 312-334-3688